Goa - Christmas Day!!!!!

Trip Start Dec 05, 2009
Trip End Dec 30, 2009

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Flag of India  , Goa,
Friday, December 25, 2009

Today is Christmas day, but for some reason, for me it doesn't fell like it. I think my family is what makes the difference.

At breakfast, we heard that there was a Catholic church close by (about 15 min in a TukTuk), and that they should have mass at noon. So we made it there by around 11:30 am so we could check the area around it. When we arrived at the church, we found out that they were not going to celebrate mass today, as they had done it already the night before, and that they didn't have mass on the 25th (may be at night but they were not sure I guess). Its the first time I hear that a Catholic Church does not celebrate mass on the 25th of December, but given we are in a different continent on a country that is not mainly Christian....I guess is understandable.

So we decided to walk around the little streets close to the church, we found some shoppes along side the road we were walking, we found a couple of Internet places where we spend a couple of minutes as they had to close at noon for lunch, so we end up walking to the TukTuk stop to get a ride back to the hotel. Since there was nothing else to do until the night when the Hotel was having its Christmas party, we did what we know to do best.....we went to the beach.

On the beach side they have this really cute restaurant huts that are right on the beach a couple of meters from the water (I wish we had something like this in the states). They had this really comfortable chairs with a magnificent view of the ocean, so we sat down order some food and some Kingfisher beers (I am not a big beer drinker, but when you are in foreign places and you want something known, you can always trust that beer and Coca Cola will tend to taste always the same), and just relaxed. Before the sun set we saw the fisher men come by and drop their catch on the sand where they sorted out the shrimps, crabs, squid and fish into different baskets.  Once all sorted out, the local restaurants would came by and collect what they need.

Once the sun set was over, we got back to the Hotel to get ready for the Christmas party they were organizing. In the morning we had Christmas carols singed by some of the local kids, they had decorated all the pool area with lights and stars that for me are upside down (which I still I haven't figure out why everywhere here, they hang their 5, 7, 9 point starts with the head down and the legs up). The place looked really pretty, and their buffet was amazing, they had all sorts of food, Indian and western, with these beautiful fruits arrangements all over the buffet area.

They had a DJ, which was having a hard time getting people on the dance floor,the music didn't help him much though. If you know Robert and I, we love to dance so we were there by ourselves with some kids most of the night just dancing around. I even wont a price, because I was wearing this nice red dress, I guess the Latin in me made it work. It surprised me that not many people came to dance. A few other European couples came by, but mainly the crazy gringo and the Latin chic in the red dress made the show for the night. That was until of course Santa Clause showed up.

It doesn't really matter where you are from, what you believe or where you are at. Once Santa shows up, its a guaranty hit with kids from all background and all over the world. There were not really any western kids, but all the Indian and some of the Muslim kids that were there, just followed Santa around the pool grabbing some of the treats he was giving away, they were all so exited to see him. Then all the kids, and the kids at heart (the crazy gringo and the Latin chic in the red dress) dance around him for a couple of songs. Then he was gone, and the dance floor belonged just to us.......that was until the band took a break and they left sleeping music playing on the background, then not even the the crazy gringo and the Latin chic in the red dress wanted to be in the dance floor.

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